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Poem by Katharine Lee Bates

Furness Abbey

The treasure of the valley, red and tall
They rise, those sandstone fragments, overgrown
With fern and ivy and sweet blossom sown
By pitying winds. From broken arch and wall
The harebell glistens; nightshade thickets pall
Bruised effigy and sunken altar-stone.
What man rejected, Nature makes her own;
Her comfort creeps where cross and pillar fall.
Still sacred, though in lieu of white procession
Of chanting monks, the mossy shafts look down
On children's blithe-voiced play; though robins nest
In sculptured angel-wing and carven crown;
Perchance more sacred, for the heart's confession
Lies bare to Him, the heart's eternal Quest. 

Katharine Lee Bates

Poem Theme: Abbeys

Katharine Lee Bates's other poems:
  1. Children of the War
  2. Eavesdropping
  3. Lydd
  4. When Lincoln Died
  5. A Mountain Storm

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Letitia Landon Furness Abbey ("I WISH for the days of the olden time")

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